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  • Tony Bennett signs a seven-year deal with Virginia

    College Basketball Talk "Tony Bennett has signed a new, seven-year deal with the University of Virginia, keeping him on the sidelines through the 2020-2021 season, the school announced on Tuesday. Bennett’s base salary and supplemental compensation will bumped up to $1.9 million. Virginia won both the ACC regular..." June 03

  • Former Marquette commit Marial Shayok picks Virginia

    College Basketball Talk "Maria Shayok, a three-star small forward in the Class of 2014, has committed to Virginia. This news came according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, who tweeted the commitment on Tuesday night. “Happy to announce I’ve committed to the University of Virginia!” Shayok tweeted. Shayok, the..." April 23

  • What went wrong with ACC hoops this season

    Fox Sports South "The numbers aren't pretty for the ACC, any way you slice it. A hoops-dominated conference that recently expanded in the hopes of becoming the nation's preeminent basketball league missed on that mark in Year 1. And it's been trending downward for quite some time. This marks the fourth..." April 02

  • Michigan State hangs on against Virginia, advances to Elite 8

    Michigan Live "They said the buckets would be hard to come by. And they were right. When the dust settled, Michigan State emerged victorious with the scars to prove it. The No. 4 seed Spartans -- behind Branden Dawson's 24 points and 10 rebounds -- beat the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers 61-59 in an NCAA..." March 29

  • NCAA East Regional betting news and notes: Izzo knows Bennett well

    Covers.com "The final four teams in the East Regional do battle for a spot in the Elite Eight. Before you bet on Friday's games, brush up on these East Region betting news and notes: No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers vs. No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (-1.5, 127) The Virginia Cavaliers’ pack-line defense,..." March 28

  • Virginia just second No. 1 Sweet 16 underdog in 22 years

    Covers.com "The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers are in exclusive company heading into Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup with No. 4 Michigan State. And that’s not a good thing. The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Regional, opened as 2-point underdogs against the Spartans, becoming just the second No. 1 seed to be..." March 28

  • Ritchie McKay is ‘the other head coach’ for Tony Bennett and Virginia

    Washington Post "One night back in December, as the Virginia men’s basketball team was stumbling to a disappointing 9-4 record in nonconference play, associate head coach Ritchie McKay could tell his boss’s approach wasn’t working. Some of the talented Cavaliers seemed more concerned with individual playing..." March 26

  • Michigan State opponent Virginia loves to 'grind it out'

    Detroit News "Michigan State is playing in its third straight Sweet 16 and the 12th in the past 17 years. As for its opponent — No. 1 seeded Virginia — this isn’t exactly familiar territory. After defeating Memphis in the third round, Virginia reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995 and will be..." March 25

  • Michigan State facing defensive-minded Virginia in unlucky Madison Square Garden

    Detroit Free Press "Asked about the Sweet 16 and what it means to Michigan State, sophomore guard Denzel Valentine used the word “revenge.” He and the Spartans had just finished an 80-73 win Saturday over Harvard to reach the East Regional semifinals and didn’t know at the time they’d be playing Virginia. But MSU..." March 25

  • Tom Izzo says Virginia a No. 1 seed for one simple reason -- defense

    Michigan Live "Since Michigan State returned home from Spokane in Sunday's wee hours, Tom Izzo started watching Virginia film. And then he watched a little more. And a little more. It didn't take long before Izzo knew exactly why Virginia is the top seed in the East Regional. "Why are they a No. 1..." March 25

  • Next Stop for 'Hoos: Sweet Sixteen

    VirginiaSports.com "In a magical season marked by one milestone after another, the UVa men's basketball team made more history Sunday night. Before an amped-up crowd that turned PNC Arena into John Paul Jones Arena South, Virginia destroyed Memphis 78-60 to advance to the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen for the..." March 25

  • Virginia beats Coastal Carolina 70-59 to advance

    VirginiaSports.com "Anthony Gillscored 17 points to help No. 1 seed Virginia pull away late and beat Coastal Carolina 70-59 on Friday night, avoiding a historic upset in the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Region, trailed by 10 in the first half and five at halftime to the 16th-seeded..." March 22

  • Virginia’s Akil Mitchell, Anthony Gill form Cavs’ dynamic duo

    Washington Post "For Virginia senior Akil Mitchell, “it was a girl.” For forward Anthony Gill, it was “my defense.” But whether it was the end of a romantic relationship or a failure to gain a coach’s trust, the two former high school teammates did not seem quite right as the Cavaliers stumbled in nonconference..." March 19

  • Brogdon Making Most of First Postseason

    VirginiaSports.com "He graduated from Greater Atlanta Christian School in the spring of 2011. Had he known then that nearly three years would pass before he played in the ACC men's basketball tournament, Malcolm Brogdon would have been incredulous. But a foot injury prematurely ended his first season at the..." March 19

  • NCAA Tournament snubs and surprises

    CBSSports.com "Heading into the Selection Show, most bracketologists seemed to reach a relative agreement and consensus on the 68 teams in the field – and the four No. 1 seeds. Of course, the selection committee isn't part of the bracketology world, and messed up the consensus. So, who got snubbed and who..." March 17

  • No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers Clinch ACC Title Over No. 7 Duke, 72-63

    VirginiaSports.com "Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 points and No. 6 Virginia claimed its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title since 1976 by beating No. 7 Duke 72-63 on Sunday. Tournament MVP Joe Harris added 15 points and hit the backbreaking 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes remaining for the top-seeded..." March 17

  • Virginia 51, Pittsburgh 48

    ProSportsDaily "Joe Harris led a balanced offense with 12 points as the Cavaliers edged the Panthers in the semifinals of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Justin Anderson sealed it by blocking James Robinson’s 3-point attempt in the final seconds for top-seeded Virginia (27-6), which will play Duke in..." March 16

  • Report: ACC finalizing deal to move tournament to Brooklyn

    CBSSports.com "During conference realignment, there has always been the thought that the ACC would eventually move its conference tournament to Madison Square Garden. Even after the Big East and MSG extended their deal to 2026, the discussion was still there. According to a report late Thursday night by Pete..." March 14

  • Virginia’s Tony Bennett named ACC coach of the year

    Washington Post "After leading the Virginia men’s basketball team to its first outright ACC regular season title since 1981, Tony Bennett was named the league’s coach of the year Tuesday by media members who cover the conference. Bennett shepherded the sixth-ranked Cavaliers to a 25-6 record during the regular..." March 12

  • Terps upset No. 5 Virginia in OT, 75-69, in final ACC regular-season game

    Baltimore Sun "A Maryland team that had spent part of the past month losing close games to nationally ranked teams returned to its bench Sunday at Comcast Center, teetering toward another frustrating defeat. There was confusion about the way the Terps had played in the final minute of regulation, which ended..." March 10

  • Devon Hall sitting out Virginia basketball season after arriving ahead of schedule

    Washington Post "One by one, the Virginia men’s basketball players had taken the pair of scissors and climbed up the ladder as thousands more watched on. But then only one piece of net cord, one player and one coach remained. Freshman Devon Hall looked at Coach Tony Bennett for a moment, unsure of what to do as..." March 07

  • Basketball Alumni Relishing Cavaliers' Success

    VirginiaSports.com "Never mind that he coaches for another Division I basketball team in this state. Old Dominion assistant Bryant Stith couldn't contain his joy Saturday night after UVa defeated No. 4 Syracuse 75-56 at John Paul Jones Arena. "WAHOO NATION STAND UP!!!!!" Stith, Virginia's all-time leading scorer,..." March 06

  • No. 12 Virginia Powers Past No. 4 Syracuse, Claims ACC Title

    VirginiaSports.com "Malcolm Brogdon scored eight of his career-high 19 points during a decisive second-half run and No. 12 Virginia clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament by beating No. 4 Syracuse 75-56 on Saturday. Akil Mitchell added 12 points and nine rebounds and Mike Tobey and..." March 02

  • Jim Boeheim, Syracuse the talk of the ACC ahead of showdown at Virginia

    Washington Post "Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross first heard the story from sports information director Pete Moore on Monday night at Comcast Center, outside the visitor’s locker room moments after another win. Longtime Coach Jim Boeheim had just refused ESPN’s postgame request for an interview after a..." February 28

  • Virginia 65, Miami-Florida 40

    ProSportsDaily "London Perrantes scored 15 points without missing a shot as the scorching Cavaliers routed the visiting Hurricanes. Virginia (24-5, 15-1 ACC) surpassed last season's win total by winning its 12th straight game, thanks in large part to a defense that has held 32 straight ACC opponents below 50..." February 27

  • Justin Anderson has a knack for giving the Cavaliers a spark

    Washington Post "Virginia sophomore Justin Anderson leaned back and smiled Saturday afternoon, reveling in his latest game-changing play. “That’s just who I am,” Anderson explained initially, the result of God-given talent and a predisposition for creating explosive moments on the basketball court. But then..." February 26

  • Virginia 70, Notre Dame 49

    ProSportsDaily "Akil Mitchell made all seven of his shots en route to 15 points as the Cavaliers finished strong to pick up their 11th straight win and remain in first place in the ACC. Anthony Gill also scored 15 points in a reserve role for Virginia (23-5, 14-1), which established a school record for wins in..." February 23

  • Cavs hope they won’t get zoned out over final regular season stretch

    Washington Post "Virginia senior Joe Harris noticed it all game long Tuesday night, through missed shots, passed-up shots and turnovers. Every time he would reverse the ball to the top of the key against Virginia Tech’s 2-3 zone defense, Hokies senior Jarell Eddie would instinctively drop back several steps from..." February 22

  • No. 14 Virginia Edges Virginia Tech, 57-53

    VirginiaSports.com "All night long, with No. 14 Virginia trailing Virginia Tech, Justin Anderson kept thinking the Cavaliers were about to take control. Then instead, the Hokies would make a run. When just 6 minutes remained on the clock, time was running out for the Cavs. But then Anderson and Joe Harris made..." February 19

  • No. 14 Virginia Takes Nine-Game Winning Streak to Virginia Tech

    VirginiaSports.com "No. 14/13 Virginia (21-5, 12-1 ACC) travels to in-state rival Virginia Tech (9-15, 2-10 ACC) for an ACC game on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Tipoff at Cassell Coliseum (9,847) is set for 9 p.m. Broadcast Information The Virginia-Virginia Tech game will be televised by the ACC Network and online at..." February 18

  • Virginia basketball team prepares to face last-place Virginia Tech

    Washington Post "When Virginia men’s basketball Coach Tony Bennett wants to deliver a message to his players, he often will do so with an analogy — however corny it may be. In just the past few weeks, with his team racking up wins at a pace Cavaliers fans haven’t experienced since the days of Ralph Sampson, he..." February 18

  • Harris Leads Virginia to 63-58 Win Over Clemson

    VirginiaSports.com "Virginia coach Tony Bennett was so excited about his team's first win at Clemson in seven years, he wanted to scream in celebration and pump his fists with his players in the locker room. He didn't, though. That's not how the 17th-ranked Cavaliers built their longest Atlantic Coast Conference..." February 16

  • Harris Named to 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team

    VirginiaSports.com "Virginia senior guard Joe Harris (Chelan, Wash.) was one of 10 players named to the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company announced Tuesday (Feb. 11). In its second year, this preeminent community service honor..." February 11

  • 'Hoos Reject Terps' Upset Bid at JPJ

    VirginiaSports.com "Maybe Roddy Peters wasn't familiar with the scouting report on UVa sophomore Justin Anderson. Maybe the Maryland freshman knew all about Anderson's shot-blocking prowess and still believed he could score on him. Whatever the reason, the 6-3 Peters decided to challenge the 6-6 Anderson with..." February 11

  • Cavaliers' Late Surge Overwhelms Jackets

    VirginiaSports.com "Outside Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, a throng of fans, friends and relatives waited for the UVa men's basketball team to emerge Saturday afternoon. Former Virginia big man Ralph Sampson was there, too, as was future Virginia big man Isaiah Wilkins. The Cavaliers' head coach, Tony Bennett,..." February 09

  • No. 20 Virginia Handles Boston College, 77-67

    VirginiaSports.com "With a lead that grew to 21 points early in the second half, Malcolm Brogdon never expected to have to make meaningful free throws at the end for No. 20 Virginia against Boston College on Wednesday night. That he did was part credit to the Eagles, and part Virginia going into cruise control too..." February 06

  • Brogdon's 3 Gives Virginia a 48-45 Win Over Pitt

    VirginiaSports.com "As even-keeled as players come, UVa guard Malcolm Brogdon rarely shows emotion on the basketball court. But there he was Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center, the broadest of smiles spread across his face, his arms raised in triumph, teammates surrounding him. Who could blame him for..." February 03

  • Season-high 20 turnovers sink Notre Dame in 68-53 loss to Virginia

    Chicago Sun-Times "Steve Vasturia stole the ball from Virginia’s Joe Harris. Seconds later, the Cavaliers regained possession as London Perrantes took the ball away from the Irish’s Pat Connaughton. Virginia pushed it ahead to Malcolm Brogdon, who ended the wild sequence with a three-pointer. Notre Dame was..." January 29

  • Cavaliers share the spotlight, and thrive

    Washington Post "Virginia sophomore Malcolm Brogdon had just finished leading the Cavaliers in scoring for the third time in four games when he offered a statement that would have made Coach Tony Bennett smile. All preseason, as pundits anointed this year’s team the best Virginia had fielded since the days of..." January 28

  • Harris' 18 lead Virginia past Florida State 78-66 in basketball

    Florida Today "Joe Harris and Virginia didn’t let a disappointment at Duke knock them off their rhythm. Harris scored 18 points, Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 and the Cavaliers used an early 22-5 run to take command on their way to a 78-66 victory against Florida State on Saturday, claiming a sweep of their..." January 19

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